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Biulu
04-12-2016, 12:19 PM
I am setting up a new 4 foot planted tank. For this tank I am looking to get branch type driftwood. Which store(s) are my best bid in Atlanta?

thanks!

likestofish
04-12-2016, 12:37 PM
I found these online, but shipping is high for a single branch so I decided against it.
http://www.save-on-crafts.com/manzanita3.html

bluefalcon505
04-12-2016, 12:47 PM
I know this person sells Manzanita wood, but like likestofish said its not cheap.
https://www.facebook.com/Houston-Manzanita-1674143942873893/

aXio
04-12-2016, 01:15 PM
There is no real information out there if it is truly legal to sell Manzanita in the USA. That is the main reason we have been too nervous to stock it. Traditionally there are regulations against harvesting and selling domestic wood in country unless it is for lumber... which there is still a lot of regulations on. So still too much gray area for the owners to feel comfortable. You will find it online easily because there isn't really any regulation or enforcement on these kind of things yet.

If you are going to order some online I strongly recommend ordering from Tom Barr.

We sell SpiderWood, Malaysian Wood, and Mangrove for driftwood. We are actually getting new shipment of SpiderWood tomorrow. It is a really nice branch wood that looks great in aquascapes. But it tends to be pretty "fresh" so it will cure and float for a good while.

Jakub

Perrin150
04-12-2016, 02:20 PM
I have some manzanita branches from 3 up to 5 ft long but is not sandblasted is 100% natural

likestofish
04-12-2016, 02:50 PM
Do you have them in tanks right now? If so is there any growth or anything from the non sand blasted branches?

Chibils
04-13-2016, 07:51 PM
It's not specifically manzanita, but obxdriftwood.com has some cool pieces. All collected by the guy along Outer Banks in NC. Dunno what shipping is like though.

Biulu
04-19-2016, 12:37 PM
There is no real information out there if it is truly legal to sell Manzanita in the USA. That is the main reason we have been too nervous to stock it. Traditionally there are regulations against harvesting and selling domestic wood country unless it is for lumber... which there is still a lot of regulations on. So still too much gray area for the owners to feel comfortable. You will find it online easily because there isn't really any regulation or enforcement on these kind of things yet.

If you are going to order some online I strongly recommend ordering from Tom Barr.

We sell SpiderWood, Malaysian Wood, and Mangrove for driftwood. We are actually getting new shipment of SpiderWood tomorrow. It is a really nice branch wood that looks great in aquascapes. But it tends to be pretty "fresh" so it will cure and float for a good while.

Jakub

Thanks Jakub for explaining the situation in the States! I know that Tom Barr is a good source but I do not want to promote illegal practices. I have lived in Mexico for a long time and all my friends involved in aquascaping as a hobbyist or as a business tell me that Tom regularly crosses the border into Mexico, loads his car full and drives back. In Mexico you can harvest plants etc. for your own use in small quantities, but you are not allowed to commercialise it and it is basically impossible to obtain export licenses for these type of goods (unless you bribe officers). So Tom's imports are illegal.

I guess it means I should forget about the manzanita wood then and look for alternatives....

bluefalcon505
04-20-2016, 08:47 PM
If it's illegal to sell or buy here in the USA, then I wouldn't want to buy it either. To me it's like supporting poachers that hunt just for the ivory from elephants

dasianguy
04-21-2016, 03:05 PM
There is no real information out there if it is truly legal to sell Manzanita in the USA. That is the main reason we have been too nervous to stock it. Traditionally there are regulations against harvesting and selling domestic wood in country unless it is for lumber... which there is still a lot of regulations on. So still too much gray area for the owners to feel comfortable. You will find it online easily because there isn't really any regulation or enforcement on these kind of things yet.

If you are going to order some online I strongly recommend ordering from Tom Barr.

We sell SpiderWood, Malaysian Wood, and Mangrove for driftwood. We are actually getting new shipment of SpiderWood tomorrow. It is a really nice branch wood that looks great in aquascapes. But it tends to be pretty "fresh" so it will cure and float for a good while.

Jakub
+1 on the spiderwood. I used to really want manzanita until I discovered spiderwood. It's a great alternative since you can actually find it in stores.